International Tyndale Conferences

The 2002 conference was the fourth in a series of International Tyndale Conferences. These international conferences form a major part of the Tyndale Society's academic programme. Since the formation of the Society in 1994, Tyndale conferences have been held in Oxford, Wells, London, Geneva, Toronto, and San Diego.

The 4th International Tyndale Conference was of particular historic significance as it brought together scholars and theologians from protestant and catholic institutions to honour Tyndale's unique achievement.

In Tyndale's most prolific years (1526-1535) the Low Countries and the city of Antwerp, especially, offered unique opportunities, both for the preparation and the publication of Bibles and polemical works. Among the most important factors in the special relationship between Antwerp and Bible translation were humanism, the art of printing and trade relationships with England.

The speakers at the 4th International Tyndale Conference discussed the expanding Reformations and Bible translation in the context of the Low Countries and Europe. The conference also dealt with relevant developments before and after the age of Tyndale.

The climax of the conference was the opening, on Monday 2nd September 2002, of a large-scale exhibition entitled "Tyndale's Testament" in the world-famous plantin_moretus printing museum.

Lectures and talks were held in the centre of Antwerp at the Lessius Hogeschool and the historic
plantin_moretus Museum.

The conference was co-organised by the Tyndale Society (Hertford College, Oxford), the Lessius Hogeschool (Antwerp), K.U. Leuven, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the plantin_moretus Museum.

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Brad Gregory, Stanford University, USA

  1. Speakers and Topics:
  2. AUKSI Professor Peter, University of Western Ontario, Canada
    Erasmus as Source, Influence and Object of Criticism: Tyndale on the ‘Light’ of Northern Humanism ABSTRACT
  3. DEKONINCK Dr Ralph, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
    ‘Imagines et figurae bibliorum’: The Genesis and Development of ‘Picture Bibles’ in Antwerp in the Second Half of the 16th Century (in French) ABSTRACT
  4. DUERDEN Professor Richard, Brigham Young University, USA,
    "Who Brought Luther to the Elizabethans? The Translator of Luther's Commentary on Galatians" ABSTRACT
  5. FABINY Dr Tibor, Budapest, Hungary
    Reformation Apocalypse and Shakespearean Tragedy
  6. FREEMAN Dr Tom S., British Academy/Sheffield University, UK
    Back to the Future: John Foxe, John Day and The Whole Works of Tyndale, Frith and Barnes ABSTRACT
  7. GILLAERTS Prof Dr Paul, Lessius Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium
    Dutch Bibles in Print: Some Parallels between Tyndale’s Contemporaries and the Present Day ABSTRACT
  8. GILMONT Prof Jean-François, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
    Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples and the First French Bibles in Print
  9. GREGORY Prof Brad S., Stanford University, USA – KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Tyndale and More, in Life and in Death
  10. LAMBERIGTS Prof Dr Matthijs, KU Leuven, Belgium
  11. LOADES Prof David, British Academy, UK
    The English Bible during the Marian Reaction ABSTRACT
  12. PARISH Dr Helen L., Reading University, UK
    Monks, Miracles and Magic: The Medieval Church and the English Reformation
  13. PIESSE Dr Amanda, Trinity College, Dublin , Ireland
    Tyndale and Allegory ABSTRACT
  14. POLLARD Dr Deborah, Queen Mary, University of London UK/
    Lethbridge Community College, Alberta, Canada
    Software Demonstration: The Tyndale Bible Concordance
  15. REX Prof Richard, Cambridge University, UK
    New Light on Tyndale and Lollardy ABSTRACT
  16. TWYCROSS Prof Meg, Lancaster University, UK
    Visual Representations of the Bible in the Low Countries in the late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance ABSTRACT
  17. de VYLDER Dr Gerrit Lessius Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium
    The Economic History of Tyndale’s Antwerp ABSTRACT
  18. WESTBROOK Dr Vivienne, National University, Taiwan
    Reading Paratexts as Signs of the Times ABSTRACT
  19. YAMAZAKI Kaoru, Meijigakuin University, Tokyo,
    The History of the Bible of the Reformation and the Personal Computer ABSTRACT

Vernacular Bibles in Antwerp 1526-1538
K.U.Leuven/Université Catholique de Louvain project: Dr Guido LATRÉ, Paul ARBLASTER, Gergely JUHASZ

plantin_moretus Museum, 2nd September - 1st December 2002

This exhibition, sponsored by the Antwerp Town Council, is the culmination of a joint K.U. Leuven - Université Catholique de Louvain project, led by Dr Guido Latré. The project ‘The First English Bibles in Print’ explores the interaction between the translators of these and other Antwerp Bibles, as well as the economic and political context in which Tyndale was working and the theological debates of the day.